Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Reservoirology #2

Because, as we already noticed, often modelling the hydrological cycle is studying the mutual interactions of "reservoirs" of something (which I named "reservoirology"), I tried with my students to have a clean way to represent reservoirs. As we said in the slides below, we try to represent them in a way that, if it is not in a one to one correspondence with the equations that can be derived from the graphs, we are as close as possible to it. This post, left for saving the history, is, however, superseded by the new post reservoirology #3.

Please find above this graphic collection and help us to improve it. One thing to notice is that our representation is mappable, with different expressivity of the concepts to the Petri Networks algebra, which puts in our hands several studies in mathematics, computer sciences, biology and other sciences. 


  1. Hi Riccardo!

    In my opinion, this is a great work. Are you thinking to invent a kind of UML to standardize the rappresentation of modelling solutions?

  2. Replies
    1. Yes, especially after I realised that our scheme can be realised with different expressivity through Petri nets (see the new version of slides)

  3. Hello,

    I would advice you to look at https://www.modelica.org/ (and all the free versions). IMHO it could help you to materialize your idea.

    Furthermore, such a models would help to develop models in a more general and understandable way. The FUSE framework (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2007WR006735/abstract), for example, is really interesting, but quite difficult to use (https://claudiavitolo.com/2014/07/25/fuse-model-in-rhydro-package-part-4-hydromad-compatibility/).

    Best regards,